Harry Redknapp states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Bournemouth
Spurs legend Harry Redknapp is backing Chelsea FC to beat Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon
Harry Redknapp is backing Chelsea FC to beat Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues will return to Premier League action with a home clash against the Cherries as Frank Lampard’s men look to return to winning ways.
Chelsea FC lost 3-1 to Everton at Goodison Park last weekend as they slumped to their third defeat in four Premier League games.
The Blues have seen their cushion in fourth place reduced to five points after Manchester United won successive top-flight games.
However, Chelsea FC can return to winning games against a Bournemouth side who have lost their last five Premier League outings.
Eddie Howe’s side slumped to a 3-0 loss to leaders Liverpool FC last weekend as well as losing key defender Nathan Ake to a long-term injury.
Former Spurs boss Redknapp is backing Chelsea FC to get back to winning ways against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
“Chelsea were undone by a Duncan Ferguson-inspired Everton last weekend when they were surprisingly beaten 3-1 at Goodison Park,” Redknapp told BetVictor.
“However, they bounced back to beat Lille on Tuesday 2-1 to qualify for the knockout stages in the Champions League and still find themselves in the top four in the Premier League with a cosy five-point cushion over the chasing pack.
“They have a good opportunity to maintain that advantage when they host Bournemouth this Saturday afternoon. The visitors are dropping like a stone and are just the solitary point above the relegation trap door.
“Well-beaten 3-0 by champions-elect Liverpool on their latest outing means that’s now five consecutive defeats for the Cherries and they could well find themselves in the bottom three places after this round.
“Speculation surrounding manager Eddie Howe has surely been a distraction and with his team low on confidence, it looks likely they will have to wait at least another week before securing any competition points.
“Chelsea were boosted by the news that their transfer ban has been overturned, so the Pensioners can dip their toes into the market in January again now.
“Despite the youngsters doing the club proud, manager Frank Lampard will be cautious not to burn out his promising stars and a couple of recruits may just help the team secure the top-four finish they are targeting.
“With London derby fixtures against Tottenham and Arsenal to follow before the year ends, three points would be most welcome and I fully expect them to collect.”
The Blues booked their place in the Champions League round of 16 in mid-week after Chelsea FC were 2-1 winners against Ligue 1 side Lille.
Lampard’s side finished in second place in their Champions League group behind La Liga side Valencia.
Chelsea FC were 2-1 winners against promoted side Aston Villa in their last Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge.